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Old 07-14-2014, 02:46 PM
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Alternator replacement 6G/6.0

I changed my alternator today. I used the little tab on the bottom of the belt tensioner for the first time as seen in this video:


The only differences: I could not, for the life of me, get my arm in there and pull the belt at the same time (coolant filter in there)..................BUT..............

if you have a second person slide under the vehicle with something about 18" long (like a long screwdriver or long 1/4 inch extention) they can easily push up that tab while you stretch the belt or even better in my case pry the belt stretched out with a pry bar against the alternator a few inches below the pulley. once that tab is locked it is a very simple off-on replacement job. When the new alt. is in place, a quick pull on the belt releases the tab and re-tensions the belt.

This was so dang slick compared to my previous changes that I just had to put it on here in hopes some other neophytes luck into it in the Search feature.

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Old 07-14-2014, 06:29 PM
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You have to go full on Gorilla to do it alone. I'm just shy of 300lbs so it's a little easier for me
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You have to go full on Gorilla to do it alone. I'm just shy of 300lbs so it's a little easier for me
Ha! So true. I'm a big boy, and it takes a lot of grit to pull up on the belt with one hand. Anyone who says that part is easy has a worn out tensioner.

Once that is done, it's a 10 minute job.
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I'm a short **** and all of 170 lbs and damn that tab was tough to lock. I had to do like cemiii and use a long pry bar and pry the belt using the alternator as leverage. I just barely got it but I got that damned tab to lock all by myself! Once I got the alt swapped out and the belt changed over (used an AC Delco 140amp alt with smaller pulley and a Gates green backed belt) I just gave a yank on the belt and the tab let go and the tensioner snapped back into place.

I did try using a 1/2" breaker bar down in there to move the tensioner but there just wasn't enough room to get it attached.

If I have to do that again it will be too soon.

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